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Google’s Top 8 Failures

Google is that multimillionaire company with a worldwide presence that everyone is aware of. When it presents a new service, it improves an existing one or it goes awry and something disappears, the alarms are turned on and put in the mouth of the whole sector, the public and the specialized press.

 Speaking of failures, there have been few cases of Alphabet services that have gone missing over the years that the company has been standing. Some of them have passed without pain or glory; Others, on the other hand, were well received at the time, and some even continued to use them until one day they found that they could not do it anymore. And not counting those who have not seen them from the outside. Because it is clear that such an innovative company, will try and experiment with new formulas continuously, and it is natural that not all of them figure. To succeed, the most normal thing in the world is to need several attempts.

Then a little tour of the years to bring to light some of those projects that Google brought to light and, later, buried in the drawer of forgotten things. Surely you were a user of more than one.

Google Spaces

Google Spaces was a social network that, unfortunately, was doomed to failure by its objective: to create groups with whom to initiate a conversation and to share content. The competition in this sector is fierce, but it is that within the ecosystem of the company had competitors , such as Google Allo, Google+ or YouTube chat, posts to choose.

The application did not have much acceptance by the users (and let’s face it, Google did not do much of its part in what concerns promotion) and social software is already very rooted: few people will try new things And it will leave Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp or YouTube aside if nothing new and extraordinary is offered. Google Spaces was closed on April 17, 2017.

Google Reader

Google Reader has been one of the closures most touted by the number of users it affected . It was an RSS reader to organize and quickly and efficiently access the news pages added on it.

The Google move was clear: the company took advantage of the drop in users to explain the low profitability of the service, close it and boost the social network in which it was putting all its efforts, Google +. The tool disappeared on July 1, 2013.


IGoogle, originally referred to as Google Personaliced Homepage – we know whose idea it was to use rival Apple’s terminology – had a very simple yet striking feature: it was a home page that could be fully customized and modified, adding All types of extensions or ‘gadgets’ of the company (time, YouTube, mail, news, etc.) and ordering them to the taste of the consumer.

In spite of being so interesting and to have a good reception, Google gradually took away options to refer them to other services or to make them more exclusive. It lasted from 2005 to 2013.


Surely Picasa is one of the services that you remember most, as it was quite useful and something that many have used in our day to day. It blocks an application to manage the photos from the desktop of your computer, allowing options such as creating albums, editing photos or a function to share them.

Most of the features it integrates have ended up being part of Google Photos, so not everything is lost in this case. Picasa disappeared in 2016.

Google Answers

We all have in mind Yahoo! Answers when we have some doubt (in general, simple and / or absurd) that we want to solve. Well, those in Mountain View also had their own answering service called Google Answers. In it, people could earn money : a user asked a question and offered a reward; If someone answered coherently and formulated a good argument could be carried from 2 to 200 dollars.

The service had its end in 2006 and although we will always be the one of Yahoo !, the truth is that is missed enough.

Google Labs

Google Labs was one of those services that have not gone unnoticed by the technology sector, either by the company itself (and by the competition) or by users of different Google tools.

It was a platform where the company aired its projects in development , most of them rare as well as flashy. In this way, the company put them as a kind of phase “beta”: users could try them and Google had a referent of their reaction, supposed reception, etc.

The project ended up closing in 2011 to focus on more things on a large scale, although many of its projects have ended up reaching the public, such as Google Reader, Google Maps, Google Calendar or Google Docs.

Google Wave

Google Wave passed without pain or glory for its short life of two years. It was a different e-mail service, as it brought together in a single space the traditional email with other more booming services, such as instant messaging, a forum and document collaboration between people, as well as serving as a social network.

This whole innovative project had a clear problem: people were getting out of their minds . It was not well known how to use it effectively, so as time went by it was left aside. Google Wave existed between 2010 and 2012.

Google Health

Google Health was one of the most curious Google applications with more social future prospects. The service, focused on health as indicated by its name, allowed users to record their medical history to receive certain information in exchange, such as possible contraindications between medications and allergies, a detailed record of health at hand and a long etcetera Of options.

The service was involved in controversies from the first minute because of aspects such as the possible violation of the privacy of users or because it “encouraged” people not to go to the doctor and just trust their data. Finally, Google decided to close the service in 2013 arguing a low number of interested users.